You know the feeling: when you open up those new running shoes and lace them up for the first time. When your feet hit the pavement, you feel like you’re flying. It’s the most wonderful thing in the (running) world. At least one of them. But why is this the case?
New Running Shoes Are … Well… New
We all know that running shoes break down over time. They lose their cushion and spring, and that means more work for you, as a runner. As long as your older shoes are within their expiration, they will be fine, but towards the end of their life, they will no longer be exceptional. You’ll absolutely compensate for the decrease of energy return and mushy feeling, which will hold you back. NEW running shoes, on the other hand, are full of bounce and return, making them efficient and an absolute joy!
Tread Lightly. Or Don’t!
Additionally, new running shoes have the benefit of new treads. These are better suited to gripping the ground, making launches and landings more fluid and efficient. This means less time sinking into the shoe to gather for takeoff. It also means that footing is more sure, and therefore less time is wasted on stepping carefully.
When You Look Good, You Feel Good
It’s an undisputed fact that when you look good, you feel good. When you step into those new running shoes for the first time, it’s go-time, for sure. How can you not put all of yourself into your running when your feet look this fabulous? Seriously.
New Running Shoes Can Be Motivating
On top of the cosmetic benefits, new running shoes can be a huge motivator. Personally, I always feel like I’ve really earned my next new pair of shoes, so when they come, I have to give it my best. My form is always better and my pace a little quicker, when I’m in the glow of new shoe day.
Do you believe new shoes make you faster?
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